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Construction starts on Phase-I of Australia’s largest PV project
22 Feb 2017 at 1:30pm
Construction has started on the first phase of what will be Australia’s largest solar plant, just off the back of reaching financial closure.



California city mandates solar or mitigation fee for all new-builds
22 Feb 2017 at 12:46pm
Lancaster, a charter city in northern Los Angeles, has passed an ordinance that requires new-build homes to hit net energy standards by having rooftop arrays or paying a mitigation fee.



Talesun’s new dual glass panel with aluminum frame is designed for higher reliability
22 Feb 2017 at 12:42pm
Talesun has launched a new double glass photovoltaic panel with aluminum frame that has achieved TÜV certification. The ‘TWINKLE’ (TD660P) 60-cell multicrystalline panel uses the aluminum frame as the sealing point for the panel’s edges, the double glass modules are therefore weather-resistant and easier to install and transport.



New York sees 800% surge in solar
22 Feb 2017 at 12:04pm
New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that state-supported solar power has increased nearly 800% over the last five years.



India finally approves second 20GW solar parks plan
22 Feb 2017 at 11:37am
India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given the go ahead for the second phase of India’s mega-scale solar park plans to bring the total to 40GW up from 20GW.



PV Talk: Why West Africa is the newest hot spot for solar
22 Feb 2017 at 10:00am
Karim Megherbi, senior manager of Business Development at Dubai-based Access Power stopped by PV Tech to discuss why West Africa will materialise as the next hotspot for solar PV and how investors can take advantage of this.



ROUND UP: Phoenix Solar installs PV array atop IKEA store, 2MW PV project inaugurated in Taipei
22 Feb 2017 at 2:30am
Singapore’s Phoenix Solar has received a contract from IKEA Southeast Asia to design and develop a 1MW solar system on the roof of IKEA Tampines.



Thai Solar Energy to develop 154.9MW PV project in Miyagi prefecture, Japan
22 Feb 2017 at 1:45am
In a letter to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, Thai Solar Energy announced that it has acquired the rights to construct and own a 154.9MW solar project in Onikobe, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.



Yingli to provide over 50MW of PV panels for solar projects in Japan
22 Feb 2017 at 1:30am
Solar panel manufacturer Yingli Green Energy announced Tuesday that it has signed off on a 50.6MW solar panel supply agreement with Spanish PV developer X-ELIO.



First Solar shipped 2.7GW of modules in 2016
21 Feb 2017 at 11:11pm
Leading thin-film PV manufacturer First Solar reported lower than guided total thin-film module shipments in 2016 but beat revenue guidance.



First Solar orders manufacturing equipment for Series 6 module transition
21 Feb 2017 at 10:37pm
Leading thin-film PV manufacturer First Solar said it had ordered the major manufacturing equipment required to transition to its large-area Series 6 modules in the first quarter of 2017.



First Solar building utility-scale solar power plants in Japan
21 Feb 2017 at 10:14pm
Leading thin-film PV module manufacturer First Solar has secured a US$240 million syndicated loan arranged by Mizuho Bank to build utility-scale solar power plants in Japan.




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Over 3 million people in the U.S. now work for clean energy
22 Feb 2017 at 10:31am
On February 22nd, 2017, national business groups representing the range and breadth of clean energy companies in the United States cheered government statistics showing their industries support more than 3 million American jobs – equal to the employment of retail stores across the country, and twice as many jobs as involved in construction of buildings. This is based on 2016 data recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy in its second annual “U.S. Energy and Employment Report”.

IHS Markit: China’s solar PV market weakens in Q1, 2017 on confirmation of grace period, but 100% growth predicted for Q2
22 Feb 2017 at 10:28am
After a long wait, the details of China’s new FiT for 2017 were finally confirmed in late December 2016, and were largely in line with expectations. With the 6 month grace period for the 2016 FiT now confirmed, some pressure has been taken off projects to quickly complete, weakening the outlook for the first quarter slightly, IHS Markit (London, UK) reports.

First Solar secures financing for a 59.5 MW PV project in Japan
22 Feb 2017 at 10:23am
First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, AZ, U.S.) on February 21st, 2017 announced that it has obtained non-recourse project debt financing of approximately 27 billion yen (USD 240 million) in a syndicated loan arranged by Mizuho Bank Ltd. for a utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. The Ishikawa Sogo solar PV plant, with a generation capacity of 59.5 megawatt (MWac), will be one of the largest “mega” solar projects in the Hokuriku region.

First Solar Q4, 2016 results: Net sales decreased, loss per share of USD 6.92
22 Feb 2017 at 8:36am
First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, AZ, U.S.) on February 21st, 2017 announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31st, 2016. Full-year net sales were USD 3.0 billion, and Q4, 2016 net sale totaled USD 480 million. Net sales for the fourth quarter were USD 480 million, a decrease of USD 208 million from the prior quarter due to the completion of multiple PV systems projects during the quarter, partially offset by higher module-only sales.

SMA introduces Power+ Solution, combining solar PV inverter with MLPE
22 Feb 2017 at 8:25am
As residential solar PV becomes a bigger part of the energy landscape, both consumers and solar professionals are demanding more from their solar technology. To meet the growing demand for fast, cost-effective and high-performing solar solutions, SMA America (Rocklin, CA, U.S.) has launched its new Power+ Solution. Combining the proven Sunny Boy U.S. PV inverter with the TS4-R Module Level Power Electronics (MLPE), the new SMA solution cost-effectively optimizes residential PV systems and ensures higher energy yields, the company says.

SolAero Technologies provides solar power to 91 satellites in record-breaking launch
22 Feb 2017 at 8:19am
SolAero Technologies Corp. (Albuquerque, NM, U.S.), a leading provider of high efficiency solar cells, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, and composite structural products, congratulates the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on its successful, record-breaking launch and deployment of 104 satellites from a single rocket. This achievement nearly tripled the previous record of 37 successful deployments from a single launch. Ninety-one of the satellites deployed from ISRO's PSLV-C37 rocket are powered by SolAero products, also a record.

Yingli Solar to supply over 50 MW of PV panels for two power plants in Japan
22 Feb 2017 at 10:53am
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China), known as “YingliSolar,” on February 21st, 2017 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Spain, SLU has signed a 50.6 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) panel supply agreement with X-ELIO, a Spanish developer and operator of utility-scale PV systems. The agreement is for two solar PV plants in Japan: the first one is called Hayato, which will install more than 52,650 multi-crystalline PV panels and has a capacity of 16.9 MW; the second is called S-13, which will install more than 127,000 multi-crystalline solar panels and has a capacity of 33.7 MW.

JinkoSolar announces completion of repurchase of 4.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2019
21 Feb 2017 at 3:27pm
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on February 21st, 2017 announced that it has completed the repurchase of certain 4.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2019 at the option of holders of the Notes.

Phoenix Solar to build 1 MW solar PV system for IKEA in Singapore
21 Feb 2017 at 11:51am
Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd (Singapore) on February 21st, 2017 announced it has been awarded a contract by IKEA Southeast Asia to design and build a 1 MWp solar system on the roof of IKEA Tampines. The system is expected to generate 1.3 million kilowatt hours per year – enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 283 four-room HDB flats. IKEA expects to trim an estimated USD 2.4 million from the store’s electrical bills over the next ten years.

DNV GL-led consortium to develop framework for business cases for community battery storage
21 Feb 2017 at 11:44am
A new consortium led by DNV GL (Arnhem, Netherlands), including partners Alfen – manufacturer and end-to-end system integrator of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) and Peeks – a commercial aggregator for flexibility in the energy system, will provide insight in the social and economic feasibility of community battery systems. One of the results of this partnership includes the investigation of the parameters for a successful community energy storage business case.


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